I am honored to be selected to lead UNAVCO. The organization played a huge role in my own research career, and I think it is an amazing example of how people working together and sharing resources can enable transformative discoveries. For example, some of the things that we’ve learned with UNAVCO support include the details of tectonic motions of North America, the existence of subtle ways that faults move to dissipate some of their stored energy without major earthquakes (called episodic tremor and slip), and how the earth deforms in response to the weight of storms and snowpack. There are dozens of other discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of the Earth and how we live with and on it that came about with the help of UNAVCO people and equipment.
My goals for the organization are to build upon the tremendous expertise and dedication of the staff and the supporting community to enable the next decades of discovery. This means adding technical capacity for interdisciplinary science, and it also means thinking creatively about how science can be used to inform more resilient and sustainable human communities. One exciting direction is supporting new technologies and techniques for early warning and response for natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Another direction is developing new data solutions for water management, for precise positioning of autonomous vehicles, and for characterizing how the changing climate is changing Earth’s surface.
-Rebecca Bendick, President
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